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In general hazardous materials covers a variety of substances significant to the QFES.
In general however, there are general guides or action plans within QFES to manage hazardous material or 'Hazmat'.
Hazmat incidents include
*classified dangerous goods (approx 4000 listed chemicals)
*classified hazardous substances (approx 8000 chemicals)
*chemical agents, biological, and radiological materials.
*unknown vapours and odours
*multiple symptoms/sickness of people
*substances presumed to be hazardous
*fires, accidents, and rescues having an element of hazmat concerns.
Management includes risk assessment from senior officers who then develop and incident action plan.
Officers need to use their experience and knowledge to safely resolve a situation. This is constantly monitored and strategies modified accordingly.
FIREFIGHTER SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL ISSUES
*potential for rapid spread
*inability to identify chemical hazard
* resources may not be immediately available
* the liberation of excessive energy/explosions
*ionising and non ionising radiation
*physical contamination of chemicals.
*collect information from a distance
*identify if possible
*establish exclusion zones
*request specialist operators
*wear appropriate PPE
*determine the mode of operation, offensive, defensive, short term , long term.
*monitor hazard via monitoring devices
*decontamination of ppe post operation.
(Source: QFES Incident Action Guide, Hazardous materials, General guide, version 3.0, 2007)